Luka Modric is reportedly on Chelsea's radar again and the Blues might be the ideal landing spot for him to rediscover his mojo.
According to Andrew Dillon of The Sun, Chelsea is pursuing the 27-year-old midfielder.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich will dangle £22million in front of Real Madrid in a bid to tempt the little Croatian back to England this summer.
If this scenario sounds familiar, it's because Chelsea made a run at Modric two years ago, but they failed to snatch him from Premier League foe Tottenham.
The move will benefit both parties if the Blues can acquire him this time.
His value has certainly faded, as a lackluster season has sent his stock plummeting. The club previously offered £40 million for him.
Modric has faltered this year, scoring one goal in 15 games for Real Madrid. The prior season, he netted four goals along with four assists for Tottenham.
Rather than panic and prepare a eulogy for Modric's career, why not buy low and gamble on a prolific player who could rediscover his touch in a new location?
His stint with Real Madrid has not gone according to plan. In fact, he earned the nefarious label of "the worst La Liga signing of the season," (per International Business Times) so that's not good.
But any sports fan should know better than to write off a player (especially someone still in his 20s) after one off year. Match him with a club that clearly desires his talent and it could spark much better play out of Modric.
Past experience in the Premier League also bodes well for Modric, who has proven he can keep up with the elite competition. Returning to England could erase the unpleasant memories of Real Madrid and re-trigger greener days when Modric was one of the Premier League's bright young talents.
From Chelsea's standpoint, the team will need someone to fill the void of Frank Lampard, whose contract expires in June. The squad is currently prepared to let go of the 34-year-old, who could set the club's all-time scoring record before departing.
Modric does not provide the same veteran presence and the team is taking a risk that he'll snap out of a funk.
But at this point, the upside makes it a worthwhile risk that would behoove both sides.